Today, May 27th, is World Multiple Sclerosis Day. The theme for this years day is access; access to diagnosis, treatment and support; access to buildings, leisure and travel facilities; and access to education, training and employment. There are a number of events taking place in Dublin to mark the day; you can get more information on these and the day itself at http://worldmsday.org
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a progressive disease of the nervous system, for which there is no cure at present. It is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system; approximately 2.3 million people worldwide suffer from MS, with around 8,000 in Ireland. MS is more likely to affect women than men, with a ratio of 2:1. Symptoms are varied and include fatigue, vision problems, dizziness and depression.
Some resources which may be of interest are listed below:
- The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland provides information on MS and links to local support groups across the country.
- Searching RCSI Library's Clinical Key database for 'Multiple Sclerosis' will provide you with detailed information on MS from a number of sources including ebooks and journals. You can access Clinical Key through the 'Find Articles: Databases' section of the library's website (RCSI staff and students only)
- The US National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides an information page on MS with links to evidence based research and consumer summaries.
- The Cochrane Library has published a number of systematic reviews and protocols evaluating the effects of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for MS. You can see the full list here